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Comment Re:SSL from now on!!! (Score 1) 619

Bittorrent already has something much better than SSL (for this particular purpose) called Message Stream Encryption that hides the fact that it is even conforming to any particular protocol -- it is, for all outside purposes, a wall of random data from the moment the connection is opened. The only way to identify it is via traffic analysis by recording when packets are sent and how large they are, and even that can't necessarily distinguish bittorrent from other protocols that send lots of data to random people.

I would, however, recommend using SSL for tracker access when possible, as that is completely separate from the actual p2p exchange, and can be used to identify what you are downloading (by the infohash of the torrent). Oh, and of course you should be using SSL/TLS for mail and every website that supports it.

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Judge Rejects RIAA 'Making Available' Theory 353

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "A federal judge in Connecticut has rejected the RIAA's 'making available' theory, which is the basis of all of the RIAA's peer to peer file sharing cases. In Atlantic v. Brennan, in a 9-page opinion [PDF], Judge Janet Bond Arterton held that the RIAA needs to prove 'actual distribution of copies', and cannot rely — as it was permitted to do in Capitol v. Thomas — upon the mere fact that there are song files on the defendant's computer and that they were 'available'. This is the same issue that has been the subject of extensive briefing in two contested cases in New York, Elektra v. Barker and Warner v. Cassin. Judge Arterton also held that the defendant had other possible defenses, such as the unconstitutionality of the RIAA's damages theory and possible copyright misuse flowing from the record companies' anticompetitive behavior."

Submission + - CPUShare: Grid Computing On The Cheap

Diablo-D3 writes: "Andrea Arcangeli, famed kernel hacker, has decided to take on all the grid computing systems out there and has created CPUShare. As he describes it, "CPUShare allows the home users to profit from the significant power of their hardware that otherwise would be wasted every day," allowing us geeks with a thousand idle computers to profit for other people's need of CPU power."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Why Powered USB Is Going to Fail

An anonymous reader writes: Patrick McFarland, famous Free Software Magazine author (featured earlier on Slashdot), has written a two part article about why Powered USB is not taking off at home (part 2 available here). He includes a lengthy history on why USB took off in the first place, and then continues on to explain what we gain by allowing Powered USB to power all our devices.

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